Baghdad’s Shiite al-Rashidiya district bombed second day in a row

BAGHDAD, July 13 (UPI) — At least eight people died Wednesday in a suicide bombing in Baghdad’s predominantly Shiite al-Rashidiya district one day after a similar bombing in the same district.

At least 11 people were also injured when a suicide bomber slammed his car into a security checkpoint and and detonated an explosive in the northern district. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Tuesday, at least 12 people were killed when a suicide attacker detonated a bomb in a pickup truck during morning rush hour at an outdoor market in al-Rashidiya. No group claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack but the Islamic State has a history of carrying out similar attacks in the region. The Islamic State is predominantly a Sunni militant group, which considers Shiites to be heretics.

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Baghdad has been targeted in increasingly devastating attacks against civilians in 2016 as the Islamic State loses the ground war against Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition. A report by IHS indicates the militant group has lost about 12 percent of its territory in Iraq and Syria.

On July 2, the militant Islamist group carried out a bombing in a Baghdad shopping area that killed nearly 300 people. The massive truck bomb was detonated ahead of the Eid al-Fitr celebration, which ends the holy month of Ramadan.

The United Nations estimates 662 Iraqis were killed — 236 of which in Baghdad — in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in June.

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